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RATCH And The Royal Forest Department Jointly Organized The Kla Yim Youth Camp For The 6th Year To Enhance The Ability Of Young People To Continue Forestry Conservation

Bangkok April 04, 2013 -- Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc., and the Royal Forest Department jointly organized the Kla Yim Youth Camp for 2013 under the “Love the Forest and Community” program in Rayong. The Camp encourages young people in the central and eastern parts of the country to learn about energy and forest resource conservation while enhancing their leadership skills to continue the work in forest and environmental conservation.

The 6th year of the Kla Yim camp was a part of the “Love the Forest and Community” program. Through the past 5 years, over 890 youths have participated in this program, which has been geared to cultivating awareness about forest and environmental conservation. It has also increased understanding of energy conservation and the efficient use of the energy resources. This will help reduce the degree of global warming and enhance the leadership of the new generations of Kla Yim youth to create a network of people who are determined to protect and sustain the country’s forests.

The 2013 Kla Yim Youth campaign was a gathering of 84 young people aged range between 13-15 years. They came from community forests in 13 provinces in the central and eastern parts of the country, which were Rayong, Sra Kaew, Prachinburi, Chantaburi, Singhburi, Nakhon Nayok, Chainat, Chachoengsao, Saraburi, Ratchaburi, Petchaburi, Kanchanaburi and Prachuab Khirikhant. They spent 4 days and 3 nights at Sin Siam Resort, Tambon Kram, Amphur Klaeng, Rayong, where they learned about the concept of community forest conservation and energy saving. The participants had fun with the activities that also served to create unity.

The activities focused on “principle” for young people to learn and understand energy and natural resource conservation. They also exchanged experiences gained in various parts of the country. They were instructed in various skills including critical thinking, presentation and team work. For “practice”, all activities were done at the Song Salung Agricultural Center, Ban Sai En Community Forest where they learned and gained experiences through various activities including:

Base 1 Bio Diesel Fuel: They learned about how to make bio diesel and how the use of bio diesel can reduce air pollution because it reduces the amount of substances emitted during combustion. It also reduces the green house effect because it was produced from the reused vegetable oil.

Base 2 Charcoal Burning: They learned about how to make charcoal by burning wood. The outcome of charcoal making was that smoke from wood fires produced wood vinegar used in driving away insects that are enemies of plants. The wood vinegar can kill bacteria and can be mixed with shampoo to fight dandruff or to treat skin blemishes and get rid of dead skin cells.

Base 3 Plant Nursery: They learned how to classify types of trees in Thailand and cultivate seedlings.

Base 4 Fertilizer Fermenting: They learned how to ferment fertilizers by gathering parts of plants to ferment into fertilizer which is food for the soil that improves soil quality and helps improve crops while reducing the use of chemical fertilizers. It can also be used to clean and deodorize bathrooms.

Ms. Pimsuda Kongprasart (Nong Fah), 14, a representative of the Ban Sai En Community Forest, Rayong told how she felt on her first participation in the Kla Yim camp that “It was a lot of fun as I gained new friends and learned about saving energy. For example, using a shower instead of bathing by scooping water with a bowl and how to nurse seedlings. I can use this knowledge to help at home”.

Ms. Chulikorn Sapsri (Nong Yaem), 13 and Ms. Marisa Kraisingha (Nong Cartoon), 13, representatives from Ban In Trai Community Forest said that, “We both joined the Kla Yim camp again as we were very impressed with the experience last year. We returned this time to gain new knowledge and friends. This time we learned how to use things we have to create more benefits such as fertilizers and charcoal. We were happy to learn about the value of the forest, which we have participated in guarding from encroachment in our communities.

“We are proud to take part in forest conservation, restoration of natural resources and the environment for the country. This is a social responsibility carried on by the company under the “Love the Forest and Community” program. The program focuses on 3 principle activities which are the model community forest contest at the national level, seminars of leaders of community forests and the Kla Yim Youth Camp. We expect that the youth camp will train young people to conserve the environment through the process of learning and understanding from various activities. Those activities will cultivate the right ideas about natural resource conservation by linking the relationship between the forest and communities in order to develop the environment of the communities, from one generations to another,” said Mrs. Boontiva Dansamasatid, Executive Vice President-Corporate, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PLC

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